MONTHLY bird talks and more cooperation between the Orange Bird Society and Orange City Council could renew interest in Cook Park’s historic aviary.
A master plan for the park has flagged the removal of the aviary in the next 10 years at cost of $25,000, but also suggests the feature needs minor maintenance in the mean time.
Bird society treasurer Ray Smith and president Tony Ford said it would be a shame to see the 1930s-era aviary removed, but agreed the facility took a lot to maintain.
“If it’s done right it can be an attraction to Orange,” Mr Smith said.
“But if the maintenance and care isn’t picked up it should be demolished.”
Historically, the bird society has been actively involved in the running of the aviary, donating birds, giving advice about food and helping out in periodic working-bees.
Mr Smith said the society’s members would be keen to get involved again.
“It probably could be a lot better, with a minimal amount of work,” he said.
He suggested a monthly or quarterly talk from members of the society, telling the public how the birds are looked after, could boost visitor numbers.
“It’s just there and there’s no interaction so there’s probably not enough reason to have a look,” he said.
“There is very little information on the boards.”
Mr Smith said the last time he visited the aviary, the budgie and cockatiel display was looking a bit drab, but overall the aviary was being looked after.
He said the talking cockatoos remained a big attraction, especially for children.
“Lots of kids have memories of going to the park,” he said.
“It’s good for people to interact with birds who don’t often see them. Birds aren’t something that is as popular as other pets.”
Members of the public can view the master plan and have their say until November 19.